attractive, alluring, or tempting: an inviting offer.

Nearby words

  1. invitation,
  2. invitational,
  3. invitatory,
  4. invite,
  5. invitee,
  6. invocate,
  7. invocation,
  8. invocative,
  9. invoice,
  10. invoke

Origin of inviting

First recorded in 1580–90; invite + -ing2

Related formsin·vit·ing·ly, adverbin·vit·ing·ness, noun


[verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt]

verb (used with object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.
to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.
to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.

verb (used without object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.


Informal. an invitation.

Origin of invite

First recorded in 1525–35, invite is from the Latin word invītāre

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See call. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inviting



tempting; alluring; attractive
Derived Formsinvitingly, adverbinvitingness, noun


verb (ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)

to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc)he invited them to dinner
to make a request for, esp publicly or formallyto invite applications
to bring on or provoke; give occasion foryou invite disaster by your actions
to welcome or tempt

noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)

an informal word for invitation
Derived Formsinviter, noun

Word Origin for invite

C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in- ² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of

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Word Origin and History for inviting
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